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Hello and welcome to iGarden. Anyone who knows me will know that I am 'The Compulsive Gardener' - I love everything about gardening.

Allow me to share some of my enthusiasm and interests in gardening with a focus on the plants I know best and those that do especially well in my own Sydney garden.

This is more than just about plants: it's also about the people involved in gardening; their books and gardens; planting schemes; choosing appropriate plant types; colour selection... There is plenty to think and read about in iGarden.

So, while you are here, enjoy all my blogs, have a browse through my list of Plants and don't forget to check out the Discussion Forums, Marketplace, Garden Ramble and your local Gardening Events.

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"Some random flowers in bloom"

Some unusual flowers are out now in my garden.

Walking around my garden with a friend last week looking at some of the more unusual flowers out at this time, I realised I had not previously mentioned a few of these in my blog properly or even at all, so today I decided to talk about a couple of them. Most are long-blooming and still look good now, as we enter the last month of autumn.The first one we admired was an unusual shrubby Impatiens from Madagascar, called Impatiens bicaudata ... Read On »

May in my garden

What's in bloom

See the full list of what's flowering in my garden this month. Here »


Jobs to do

May heralds cooler weather and the colouring of autumn leaves. And there is plenty for us to do in the garden! Read More »


My Gardening Tip of the month

This is the best time of year to buy an autumn-colouring tree for your garden leaf to ensure it has the potential for good colouring. It's best to buy locally, because a specimen bought in the Southern Highlands this year may disappoint you next year, as the Sydney climate does not produce as good a leaf colouring in many trees as cooler areas do. However, we can choose from examples such as Acer palmatum (Japanese maples), Chinese pistachio (Pistacia chinensis), crepe myrtles (Lagerstroemia) and a number of others, which do quite well here.

My Plant Reference

My current garden is located in one of Sydney's northern suburbs so my focus is naturally on what does well here. I have grown over 291 different plant varieties that are all described in this reference.
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Discussion Forums Recent Item

"Plant/Seed Swap" forum topic: "Impatiens Bicaudata"

Mandy asks:
 I wonder if anyone could give me seeds or a cutting of the Impatiens Bicaudata. I have tried to locate this plant online without success. Thanks, Mandy.

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